West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite. @ Getty Images
West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite. @ Getty Images

West Indies’ stand-in captain Kraigg Barthwaite said that while the team will miss out on their regular skipper, who was ruled out of the tour of Bangladesh with a shoulder injury, the visitors have plenty of resources in their squad to replace the experienced leader.

“He [Holder] is obviously the key leader of this team. But I think we have capable guys here to replace him. I think we will do well on this tour. We expect to see some confidence and positive attitude,” Brathwaite told reporters at Chittagong on Wednesday ahead of the first Test.

West Indies enter the Test series on the back of an embarrassing tour of India where they won just one ODI and drew one in the two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is played between the two sides.

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However, the Windies can take confidence from the fact that they swept the Tigers in the two-match Test series in the Caribbean in July-Agusut this year winning both the matches inside three days. But in sub-continent conditions, it’s a totally different ball game.

“We can’t think about the past series. We have to stick to our plans,” Brathwaite said.

“Pitches are obviously different to what we played on. Whatever we do, whether fast bowling or spin, we have to do it well. I saw the pitch. It is what we expected. It is a little dry. There may be a little movement in the first hour. I think it is a typical type of surface in Bangladesh.”

Brathwaite explained that Bangladesh will be a challenging side in their own backyard.

“I think it will be different. We won a number of games here before, but I think it is a stronger unit, especially the spinners are doing a very good job for Bangladesh. It won’t be the same as before; it will probably be more challenging,” said Brathwaite.

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“We just have to keep backing our plans against spinners and pacers. We have to be disciplined when we bowl. Their batsmen are also dangerous here. We are up for it, but it won’t be easy.”

He is well aware that spin will play an important part in the two-match series.

“I just think Test cricket is a mindset. They have some good spinners, but you need to have some good fast bowlers, so whatever our plans are, we have to believe in them, and back them. We must have the right attitude towards each bowler. It will serve us well,” said Brathwaite.

“It was quite similar conditions in India. It was good for us. The two-day game was also good for us. It will put us in good stead. Young Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris and Shai Hope are raring to go and we are really looking forward to the challenge.”

Braithwaite reckoned that mixing the pace will be a key factor for his fast bowlers in the series. “Once we bowl the right lines, it could do us good. Mixing the pace would be the key for our fast bowling unit. I still think they would do quite well,” he said.